A big thank you to women!

Yesterday was International Women's Day! When I was a professor teaching Issues in Women's Health, I would always devote our first class to discussing the history of women's health. Why? Because it's really incredible!  

Throughout history, women have done an incredible job of learning, educating themselves, educating their families and passing on this information despite barriers placed in their way. So, in honor of International Women's Day, let's take a moment to celebrate Elizabeth Blackwell. In 1849, she became the first woman in the United States to become a physician. Incredibly, she was only admitted to medical school because the school thought it was a joke. But, she had the last laugh! Thank you for helping to pave the way for so many women in health, wellness and medicine. 

I also want to thank my mom!

When I was really little, I remember my mom took a class on nutrition and healthy eating. Because I was so little, my memories are pretty spotty from this time. I remember the handouts she brought home that I couldn't yet read. And, I also have a very vivid memory of the night the salt shaker disappeared from the family dinner table. My mom announced we didn't need it and it was gone!

Now that I'm older, I realize how great it was that my mom took that step to help improve our whole family's health. And, I also realize that she is why there's never been a salt shaker on my table! So a big shout out to my mom for being the first person I met in the world, my first teacher and my first role model for healthy habits! 

The lesson for all of us is to keep up those healthy habits. You're making a difference by modeling a healthy lifestyle.  

And, to all the women out there, a special thank you for all you do today and every day!